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"Kourtney and Khloé Take The Hamptons" launches Sept. 14 on E! -- the fifth such "Keeping up with the Kardashians" spinoff -- so no one should be surprised at an opportunistic Kardashian sighting (or two) over next few weeks. There was a big one Thursday: At Dockers Waterside Marina and Restaurant, on Dune Road in East Quogue, where Khloé Kardashian (and Scott Disick) arrived to shoot a cameo in the Sept. 2 season finale of "Royal Pains."
The cameo was a bit of a surprise, but only a bit: Self-promotion is what the Kardashians do so well, after all, and there's a series to launch. Plus, "Pains" works hard to secure cameos of major Long Island-based celebrities. (Alas, the most major of them, Billy Joel, has resisted the show's entreaties for years.)
USA Network yesterday said of Disick's and Kardashian's scene: "Playing themselves, the two pop culture icons are having dinner at a local hot spot when they are recognized and Hank's (Mark Feuerstein) girlfriend Charlotte (recurring guest star Gillian Alexy) asks Evan (Paulo Costanzo) to make an introduction."
"Pains" is shot entirely on Long Island, although not exclusively in the Hamptons -- and in fact most of the show's scenes originate from points west, including favorite location Oheka Castle in Huntington (as well as Sands Point Preserve and Old Westbury Gardens, also classic Gold Coast locales). "Kourtney and Khloé Take The Hamptons" will revolve around the opening of a DASH boutique on Jobs Lane in Southampton. Disick has long been romantically linked to Kourtney Kardashian. The couple have two children and are expecting their third.
Beverly Hills -- And now, "NCIS: New Orleans." Not to be confused with "Los Angeles" or simply "NCIS" - the mother ship that itself was spawned from a long-ago CBS procedural, "JAG," and which proved that there's no such as a good and well-executed idea that can't be repeated over...and over...and ...over again.
"NCIS" doesn't get a whole lot of critical love, or Emmy love, but both are utterly...Read more »
Cote de Pablo, who mystified/astounded the TV world when she walked away from the most viewed drama series on TV, "NCIS," will return to the network she spurned next year, in a four-hour adaptation of Alice Hoffman's "The Dovekeeper."
The return -- just as a sidenote -- does appear to indicate no hard feelings on CBS's part, although why she left in the first place remains one of those odd little mysteries that seemed to have nothing to do with the usual suspect, money. Even CBS said it wanted her to stay as Ziva David, a popular character on the hit...so the assumption has been ever since that the decision was hers. But who knows. The real story remains untold.
No matter -- show biz goes on, and so does de Pablo...In this mini from Roma Downey and her husband Mark Burnett, based on Hoffman's account of the seige of Masada, she'll play -- per the network -- "Shirah, one of the four women, who is a sensual, mysterious and fiercely independent single mother with uncanny insights and a quiet and mysterious power. She is derided by many as the “Witch of Moab,” as she covertly practices forbidden ancient rites of magic and is keenly knowledgeable about herbal remedies. However, those in need don’t hesitate to approach her for her help and generosity of spirit."
Arrival date: 2015.
Shaun Cassidy -- certainly one of Hollywood's most interesting multi-hyphenates -- is getting back into TV, or more specifically, the Internet, with a drama on Amazon titled "Hysteria," starring Mena Suvari and James McDaniel ("NYPD Blue"). Amazon just announced, and this joins a reasonably full pilot season on the web service, which is heck-bent on joining the exclusive club that Hulu and Netflix...Read more »
The 70th anniversary of D-Day today will be marked by at least two major programs -- on NBC ("Brian Williams Reporting: Journey to Normandy" at 8) and the History Channel. Meanwhile, if you are near a set, live coverage of D-Day ceremonies are being covered on CNN and MSNBC.
This is, of course, an enormously important anniversary, for how many veterans of that historical day will be around...Read more »
Here's a real treat for someone who has all day to sit in front of a TV set on Friday -- and seriously, this would not be a waste of time: HBO is airing the entire 10-part 2001 classic, "Band of Brothers," from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. And of course, if you'd rather not, just check it out at HBO Go -- it's all there in all its glory, too. This really is however a wonderful series, and a great binge project, too.
Per HBO program notes, "B of B" is the story of "Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army. Starting with their rigorous training in Georgia in 1942, it recounts the achievements of the elite rifle company, which parachuted into France early on D-Day morning, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and captured Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest at Berchtesgaden. Based on Stephen E. Ambrose’s acclaimed book of the same name, 'Band of Brothers'' chronicles a unit that took 150 percent casualties and became true American heroes."
Fox needs a hit, and not just one with the numbers "24" in the title. It also needs to think about an "Idol-less" future or one where a once-reliable tent poll is no more reliable or even a tent poll. It needs a hit.
But who or what? "Utopia," the unscripted series, will air twice a week -- one of outings on Friday at 10, which is a recognition on the part of Fox that there is nothing to gained...Read more »
The Fox fall lineup is here and, of note, the Batman origin story series, "Gotham," will be on Mondays at 8 while "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" shifts to Sunday, essentially breaking up the Animation Domination lineup.
Also: Other key Fox newcomers, like "Wayward Pines" and "Last Man on Earth" will arrive midseason. (Nothing to read in that -- networks in fact sometimes hold off the most promising series until later.)
You will also see the word "Utopia" here twice -- yes, Fox is betting big on this latest from production company Endemol, which evokes (superficially) "Survivor" and is based on a pre-existing Dutch series: Two new episodes of this unscripted show will air in the same week, so Fox is clearly hoping this one breaks out.
Since the dawn of time, humans have always wondered: does a perfect world exist? Now, we get the chance to build one. Will it be ultimate happiness or utter chaos? Fifteen pioneering Americans leave their everyday lives and move to an isolated, undeveloped location -- for an entire year -- where they are challenged to create their own civilization from scratch.
Well, you get the idea.
Meanwhile, "Mulaney" is the John Mulaney sitcom; "Gracepoint" is the "Broadchurch" remake; "Red Band Society" is the Octavia Spencer vehicle, a high school drama/comedy.
FOX FALL 2014 SCHEDULE (All Times ET/PT)
8-9 PM "Gotham" (new)
9-10 PM "Sleepy Hollow"
8-9 PM "Utopia" (new)
9-9:30 PM "New Girl"
9:30-10 PM "The Mindy Project"
8-9 PM "Hell's Kitchen"
9-10 PM "Red Band Society" (new)
8-9 PM "Bones"
9-10 PM "Gracepoint" (new)
8-9 PM "MasterChef Junior"
9-10 PM "Utopia" (new)
7-10:30 PM Fox Sports Saturday: Fox College Football
7-7:30 PM NFL on Fox
7:30-8 PM The OT / "Bob's Burgers"
8-8:30 PM "The Simpsons"
8:30-9 PM "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
9-9:30 PM "Family Guy"
9:30-10 PM "Mulaney" (new)
"Backstrom" (new), "Bordertown" (new), "Empire" (new), "Hieroglyph" (new), "The last man on Earth" (new), "Wayward Pines" (new) and :"Weird Loners" (new) join the schedule in 2015, as do returning series "American Idol XIV," "The Following" and "Glee," among others.
Nice, big, plumpy start for "24: Live Another Day" last night.
If Fox was concerned that Baueristas would return in force to check out their hero, fears were allayed Tuesday morning -- 8 million total viewers, and a projected 15 million over the next few days. Plus solid wins in males demos across two hours.
We could go on (and will) Fox indicated the "live plus three" viewership rating could go all the way to 20 million. "24" is a hit yet again.
"24" has been gone almost four years and while we may know what we've been doing over those years, no one knows what Jack Bauer has been up to. Monday night, some answers. Meanwhile, a review....
"24: Live Another Day," WNYW/5, 8
What it's about: The day begins at 11 a.m., London time. The C.I.A. is hunting a "high value target" - Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), on the run four years,...Read more »